Astronaut and Author
Controlling Risk: 30 Techniques for Operating Excellence
5:45 PM Evening Dinner Workshop: The Ten Common Adverse Conditions in Organizations That Failed to Prevent the Next Accident
With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational
environments, Jim Wetherbee works with leaders in hazardous
industries with critical mission objectives. He is the only American
astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, and is the only
person to have landed the Space Shuttle five times. Jim earned a
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of
Notre Dame in 1974. He began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard
the USS John F Kennedy, flying the A-7 Corsair. After graduating from
the US Naval Test Pilot School, Jim performed flight-testing of the
F/A-18 Hornet. In 1984, Jim was selected to join NASA in its tenth
group of astronauts. Over a twenty-year career, he flew six times on
the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to
the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International
Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as the Director, Flight Crew
Operations, specifically selected to improve the flight and ground
safety in the astronaut corps. Based on that success, Jim was
selected after the Columbia accident to enhance the safety
aspects in the organizational culture at the Johnson Space
Center, home of NASA’s human space flight program.
Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry as
a former NASA executive and astronaut, Jim joined
the oil and gas industry as a Safety and Operations
Auditor for BP. Four years later, he was selected
as a VP for Operating Leadership. In this role,
he supported efforts to improve performance results consistently over
the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors as a key
way to influence and inspire people to conduct safe and high-quality
operations. After successful careers in naval aviation, aerospace, and
the oil and gas industry, Jim is passionate about helping leaders and
operators perform successfully in hazardous environments.
Based on observations, discussions, and assessments from thirtyfive
years of working in various hazardous endeavors, including the
recovery from the Texas City and Macondo incidents in the oil and gas
industry, and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle incidents, Jim
Wetherbee will present a list of ten adverse conditions that commonly
existed in many organizations before they experienced major disasters
or minor accidents. In sociotechnical systems used to control risk,
improve performance, and accomplish goals, five of these ten adverse
conditions existed on the technical side, and five were on the social
side. By turning hindsight into foresight, participants can learn how to
use the presence and severity of these adverse conditions as indicators
to determine if their organization may be drifting toward a disaster.
Dinner will be served midway through the workshop and is included in the price of registration.
The first 50 registrants will receive a signed copy of Jim's Recently published book "Controlling Risk: 30 Techniques for Operating Excellence" (retail value $40)
Space is limited.
How do operators prevent the next accident? How do they prevent unpredictable accidents? Can they simultaneously improve performance? On the front lines of danger, your employees are the last line of defense trying to prevent death and destruction. What happens if they don’t succeed? After accidents, organizations typically issue new rules. These will work—until the next accident. Again, new rules are issued and procedures are updated. Yet, the cycle of accidents continues. Organizations and operators must need something more than rules and procedures to prevent unpredictable accidents. The solution is found in the principles of operating excellence. Since the beginning of the space program, astronauts have been following these principles and developing techniques to help flight crews stay alive and accomplish dangerous missions in the unforgiving environment of space. In Controlling Risk, you will learn how to operate better, work together, and improve performance in your high-risk business to accomplish much more in your dangerous world!